Former Albion College football standout and current Melvindale head football coach, Jason Carriveau is being inducted into the Albion College Hall of Fame later today.
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With record temperatures around the country, you may be wondering if it’s safe for you or your children to train for fall sports or keep up with your regular outdoor exercise routine. Oakwood’s Sports Medicine team has some tips for how to be sensible during your summertime workouts.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” Continue reading
About this time last year I wrote a post about working with the Wayne County Community College District Basketball Teams. Teams which practiced and played in an old yellowed tinted gym with limited players and funds.
What a difference a year makes, as of January 17, 2013 the men’s team is 9-5 overall and 4-1 in the league with a tough loss to Mott CC. The women’s team, which struggled even fielding enough players last year is 2-3 in the league and is also playing really well.
The teams have moved to a brand new facility with all the bells and whistles. With all the new amenities the number of fans has also increased dramatically. When previously you could only hear the hum of the lights and crickets, now it is hard to hear yourself think. Personally as the athletic trainer I went from having a small area next to the bleachers to a room filled with supplies.
The changes to the program have come from the dedication of the coaches who double as the Athletic Directors and support staff. They have truly grown the program in right way. From last year to this I have seen multiple students who were previously ineligible for whatever reason work hard to get back to playing the sport they love.
Ryan Rodd, ATC is a member of the Oakwood Sports Medicine staff. Ryan provides medical services to Dearborn Fordson High School and WCCCD.
A study released last week by the federal government, suggests the number of emergency room visits (over a 4-year period) seeking treatment after ingesting energy drinks doubled from 10,000 to more than 20,000. Most of these cases involved teenagers or young adults. In 2011, over 40% of cases involved energy drinks taken in combination with alcohol or prescription medicines Adderal and Ritalin (stimulants).
Read more about the study here.
The use of supplements, plants and derivatives, foods and over-the-counter medicines has been documented in competitive athletics for many years, typically in the high school level and above.
As related in a previous post, we discussed the need for parents, coaches, athletic trainers and other health professionals to be educated on what products athletes are asking for or interested in – try to stay ahead of the curve by reading the popular fitness magazine or checking out the local “health food” stores.
What has become apparent in just the recent past couple of years, is a general increase in the use of energy drinks by a much younger age group, such as middle school kids. The companies that make and sell these products (Monster, Full Throttle, Red Bull, for example) are using marketing plans (sponsoring concerts, races, droid apps, selling merch and swag) to attract a younger more youthful group of consumer – tobacco companies made this tactic very successful.
Beverage Digest reported a sales increase of 17% to $9 billion dollars last year of highly caffeinated soft drinks. This week, the two ounce shot, 5-Hour Energy, has been mentioned in some 90 FDA filings since 2009, including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening events like heart attacks, convulsions, and in one case, a spontaneous abortion, the New York Times reported.
Whether or not the increased consumption by younger people is specifically for the purposes of performance enhancement makes no difference. The fact that kids are consuming energy drinks period should be of concern to parents.
1. Because energy drinks fall into the FDA’s category of supplements – which means the product is held to a less-constraining set of standards for ingredients, creating and content. Companies are not required to disclose the amount of any indgredient, although they are very quick to point out the high levels of vitamins contained in their products!
2. High level athletes are subject to drug testing which means they must be very cautious about their dietary consumption, especially unknown ingredients.
3. A few ingredients in supplements may present safety issues for some segments of the population because of special age or health considerations. Consumers of energy drinks may be at higher risk for health problems such as caffeine toxicity, nervousness, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures or even death.
For more information on dietary supplements, the content in these links has proven to be reliable and of sound science.
Professional athletes have to worry about offense, defense … and protecting their knees. In nearly every sport, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a daily danger—and can end careers. Today we’re talking to Dr. Marc Milia, an Oakwood-affiliated orthopedic surgeon about why this can happen, and what treatments can get you back on the field.
To listen to Dr Milia talk about ACL injuries, click here.
Governor Rick Snyder signed youth concussion legislation into law yesterday. The aim or intent of Public Act 342 and 343 is to increase awareness, educate sport coaches and mandate physician clearance prior to returning to sport following a concussion. The legislation pieces were introduced simultaneously by Senator John Proos and Representative Tom Hooker.
As previously posted Oakwood Healthcare, the Detroit Lions, Wayne State University, MHSAA, BIAMI and Michigan Athletic Trainers Society supported the legislation. Numerous healthcare professionals, physicians, athletic trainers and school administrators were also active in supporting this important legislation.
Education and awareness efforts are the cornerstone building blocks for bringing about a change within a designated group, organization or population. A beautiful example of education/awareness exists in the area of early screening and detection methods for several forms of cancer.
Let’s not be naive – public forums are a place for “the people” to express their opinions. There were several hundred comments on a different online article about the Michigan legislation while it was being read in the House. The majority of those comments were anti-Snyder, politically based viewpoints.
And yes, a change is necessary within the athletic community regarding concussions in athletics.
Even as recently as this football season, a high school level coach was told by an athlete about concussion-like symptoms and that coach encouraged and allowed the athlete to return to the game. Really?
While no method of intervention is fail-safe (except taxes and death), lack of action is unacceptable when it comes to concussions in athletics. The latest legislation is a building block towards providing a safer environment for youth participation in athletics.
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has been on the physically unable to perform list with a concussion. Earlier this week Best underwent a series of tests to reassess his condition and progress. Okay, so what’s the importance?
First of all, with concussions in the news nearly every day now, the potential return of a professional athlete to their sport following a concussion is a big deal. Lots of attention, lots of second guessing.
The one firm, solid and spot on point regarding Best isn’t about when or if he will return to the active roster soon. It’s how Lions head coach Jim Schwartz described concussions today in the Detroit News.
“That’s one thing we all know about concussions — there’s nothing simple about them. It’s not like any other injury. It’s not just a red light or green light; there are a lot of shades in there. We’ll just defer to the people who know the most and wait just like everybody else.”
The prevention of heat illness in athletics is in the best interest of everyone involved. It takes a culture of education, understanding and proactive decision-making by coaches, athletes, parents, schools and athletic trainers in order for this to happen.
- An athlete must have a completed physical examination by a physician prior to beginning any type of participation in sports. This is recommended by many appropriate organizations (NCCSI, NATA, ACSM, NFHCA) and required by the MHSAA.
- Ensure that all sports and coaches follow weather related recommendations for participating in the heat and humidity, including the mandated acclimatization periods before full equipment is worn.
- Monitor weather conditions frequently (temperature, humidity, WBGT) and activate processes for curtailing sessions when required. This includes ending or cancelling sessions due to WBGT readings.
- Be an advocate for changing existing rules to encourage rest and recovery, especially those regarding two-a-days, lengthy sessions (greater than 3 hours at a time) and limit consecutive dates of sessions to 6 or less.
- Have all athletes weigh-in before and after each practice session. Loss of more than 4% to 5% of the recorded pre-practice bodyweight must be replenished prior to participation in the next practice session.
- Ensure that plenty of cold water is readily available for practices & competition. Research has shown that competitors are likely to take in more water when its temperature is cooler (55 – 57 degrees). Encourage the use of sports drinks after practice and during the overnight period to replenish fluids.
- Athletes must have freedom to access fluids during sessions – this may mean water bottles placed at each drill, or the ability to get a drink at any time. Freedom to access means the coaches must also encourage, not discourage athletes to drink fluids and enhance the culture by not punishing, belittling or chastising athletes for asking for fluids. Build into the schedule a 10 – 15 minute water break every 25-30 minutes during hot weather.
- The ability and knowledge of the athletic trainer should be such that immediate decisions and actions are taken to remove an athlete’s gear, move them into an air conditioned environment or possibly more aggressive measures to prevent the progression of heat illness.